The weekend after Christmas is a popular time for people to head out to the stores and do some returns and exchanges.
The Riverdale Shopping Plaza in West Springfield was packed with shoppers on Saturday evening with people returning the presents that weren’t needed or wanted.
“Crazy, all day. That’s why I came so late,” said shopper Bill Morehouse.
If you are someone who still needs to do returns or exchanges, consumer experts suggest doing so sooner rather than later.
First step is checking the return policy online. Many stores give customers 30 days to return items, but remember, that time window begins when the item was purchased, not when it’s received as a gift.
Not everyone gets a receipt with a gift. If you don’t have one, you might still be able to return the item, but you may only be given store credit.
So, you might only end up getting the equivalent of the sale price for a returned item, as opposed to the original amount that was paid when it was purchased.
Also, there are a lot of post holiday sales going on right now. Shopper George Rosa of Ludlow told 22News, he took advantage of buying some sale items while out returning his gifts.
“We bought some clothes that didn’t fit my older son. While we were here of course, we saw like 10 other things on clearance so we bought a bunch of stuff,” said Rosa.
Finally, if you were given a gift and you aren’t sure where it came from, you can try typing the barcode numbers into Google to figure it out.